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Sakakibara proclaimed next Keidanren chief

Business / Economy Jan 14, 2014

Sakakibara proclaimed next Keidanren chief

Keidanren announced Tuesday it will appoint Toray Industries Inc. Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara as the next chief of the nation's most influential business lobby to accelerate the country's economic revival led by the private sector as a leader from a manufacturing company. Sakakibara, who will take ...

National Jan 14, 2014

Mori pitches Olympics 'for new age'

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Tuesday prior to his official appointment as chairman of the 2020 Olympics organizing committee that he will strive to make the event appropriate for "a new age." "I wasn't thinking of chairing the committee, but once I agreed to ...

National Jan 14, 2014

Kishida urges China talks, assures on apologies

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called again Tuesday for China to agree to a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping. Kishida said the Abe Cabinet has "inherited" the views of its predecessors regarding Japanese colonial rule and wartime action in the first ...

Builders tap foreigners amid crunch

National Jan 14, 2014

Builders tap foreigners amid crunch

Building contractors are increasingly looking to foreign workers to cover labor shortages plaguing the industry amid the reconstruction demand to rebuild the Tohoku region from the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster and ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Traditionally, many general contractors and subcontractors were reluctant to ...

CGI, scientific studies bring dinosaurs closer

National Jan 14, 2014

CGI, scientific studies bring dinosaurs closer

by Akira Kato

Advances in computer graphics and scientific studies have made dinosaurs attractive not just to small boys but also women and girls. "It seems nowadays that one of every five children interested in dinosaurs is a girl," said a representative for the National Museum of Nature ...

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

National Jan 14, 2014

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

by Jumpei Sugiyama

"Have the pandas gone back to China already?" a young schoolgirl asked last spring at Yagiyama Zoological Park in tsunami-hit Sendai. Zookeeper Toshikazu Abe was at a loss for words. Indeed, Japanese and Chinese leaders had agreed in December 2011 for China to lease two giant ...

Commentary / Japan Jan 14, 2014

Japan's Obama problem

by Brahma Chellaney

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not appear to have considered the possibility that his pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26 might end up helping China by deepening South Korea's antagonism toward Japan.

Editorials Jan 14, 2014

Leave those kids alone

The education ministry should rethink its attempt to introduce "morals" as an official subject of instruction in elementary and junior high schools.

Editorials Jan 14, 2014

Lessons from the Diovan scandal

Fallout from the Diovan case in Japan suggests that clinical drug studies on patients should be financed either with public research funds or through formal funding contracts between pharmaceutical companies and the research institutions involved — rather than by pharma donations.

Juiced for a citrus winter

Food & Drink | JAPANESE KITCHEN Jan 14, 2014

Juiced for a citrus winter

by Makiko Itoh

One of my favorite winter pastimes growing up was to snuggle under the futon covering a kotatsu (heated table), doing my homework or watching TV, as I methodically worked my way through a big bowl of Satsuma mikan, the little oval-shaped oranges that are ...

Blue Hawaii surfs Net to an Asia tour

Music Jan 14, 2014

Blue Hawaii surfs Net to an Asia tour

by James Hadfield

Though they hail from the same Montreal music scene that spawned crossover electronica star Grimes, the members of Blue Hawaii don't have any illusions about where they rank in the popularity stakes. "I come home for Christmas, and my family's like, 'Woah, you're going to ...

Girls' Generation "Love & Peace"

Music / CD Reviews Jan 14, 2014

Girls' Generation "Love & Peace"

by Patrick ST. Michel

K-pop's golden days in Japan are over. The time when Korean groups could top the Oricon charts and (more importantly) monopolize media coverage is now a memory, in part due to an oversaturation of new acts. K-pop remains a strong niche market, though, even ...

Metoronori "Veil"

Music / CD Reviews Jan 14, 2014

Metoronori "Veil"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Time will tell whether "Veil" sounds good come warmer months, but right now it's the perfect album for winter. Tokyo artist Metoronori's third full-length album appeared online in the middle of last week, when the wind blew especially cold. With the heat cranked up ...

World Cup star Forlan to join Cerezo Osaka: source

Soccer / J. League Jan 14, 2014

World Cup star Forlan to join Cerezo Osaka: source

J. League first-division side Cerezo Osaka appears likely to acquire Uruguay international Diego Forlan for the 2014 season, an informed source said Tuesday. The 34-year-old Forlan won the Golden Ball Award as the most valuable player at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where ...

Kisenosato impresses on third day of New Year basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 14, 2014

Kisenosato impresses on third day of New Year basho

Ozeki Kisenosato took a big step forward in his second bid at yokozuna promotion with a manhandling of Chiyotairyu to remain one off the pace at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, remained in destruction mode as he dispensed with ...

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 14, 2014

Golden Kings roll past Five Arrows at home

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have a superb home-court advantage in Okinawa. The team's rabid, rowdy fans always make that possible, and are among the bj-league's team attendance leaders season after season. A quality team to watch provides that motivation, too. Ryukyu rolled to its fifth straight ...